What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding means protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of adults at risk, enabling them to live safely, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people, agencies and organisations working together to prevent and reduce both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect. It also means making sure that the adult's wellbeing is supported and their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs are respected when agreeing on any action.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Adults Safeguarding aims to raise public awareness so that professionals and communities as a whole play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect.
Who is an 'adult at risk’?
An 'adult at risk' is any person who is aged 18 years or over who may be in need of help because they have care and support needs and as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.